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Magdalena Kozena

Magdalena Kozena

Magdalena Kožená was named Artist of the Year by Gramophone in 2004 and has won numerous other awards since, including the Echo Award, Record Academy Prize, Tokyo, and Diapason d’or.



Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir – Danses et melodies
Ravel & Duparc: Aimer et mourir – Danses et melodies
Ticciati and the DSO release their much-anticipated second recording. 

CKD 610  

Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliees
Debussy: La mer & Ariettes oubliees
Robin Ticciati and the DSO launch their exciting new partnership in an album feat. Magdalena Kožená. 

CKD 550  

Magdalena Kožená - mezzo soprano

Magdalena Kožená was born in the Czech city of Brno and studied voice and piano at the Brno Conservatory and later with Eva Bláhová at Bratislava’s Academy of Performing Arts. She has been awarded several major prizes both in the Czech Republic and internationally, culminating in the Sixth International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995.

Kožená has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, and Sir Roger Norrington. Her list of distinguished recital partners includes the pianists Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, with whom she has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw; and at the Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, and Salzburg festivals. Kožená’s understanding of historical performance practices have been cultivated in collaboration with outstanding period-instrument ensembles, including the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Venice Baroque Orchestra, and Le Concert d’Astrée. She is also in demand as soloist with the Berlin, Vienna and Czech Philharmonics and the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras.

Kožená first performed at the Salzburg Festival in 2002 as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and returned in 2013 as Idamante, a role she has also sung for the Glyndebourne Festival and in Berlin and Lucerne. Kožená made her first appearance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2003 as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and has since been a regular guest. She sang Zerlina for the company’s tour to Japan in 2006 and returned to New York to take the title-role in Jonathan Miller’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in 2010/11. Her opera credits also include Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Royal Opera House, 2007), Oktavian in Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (Berlin Staatsoper, 2009 and Baden Baden Easter Festival, 2015), the title-role in Bizet’s Carmen (Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals, 2012), Charpentier’s Médée (Basel Opera 2015), and Martinu’s Juliette (Berlin Staatsoper, 2016).

Kožená was appointed a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2003 for her services to French music.


For further information - www.kozena.cz/en
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Espace Livres
'Kožená is not only moving but irresistibly delicate...we leave marvelling at these twenty minutes of ethereal singing.'
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Fono Forum
4½ Stars
''Valses nobles et sentimentales' also benefit from Ticciati's preference for character and ornamentation. They might seem old-fashioned if they had not been crafted to perfection. The interpretation is - delicious.'
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BBC Music Magazine
'Robin Ticciati and his orchestra bring out Ravel's colours with precision and vibrancy in a far from routine performance.'


Gramophone
Editor's Choice: 'This is another excellent performance...It's a gorgeous disc: do listen to it.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'It glows with warmth and glitters with detail...[a] rather beautiful and imaginatively drawn programme.'
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MusicWeb International
'This enchanting depiction from Ticciati is as beautiful as it is compelling...Ticciati presides over fresh and polished playing from his Berlin players...This is deliciously seductive singing from Kožená.'
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The Music Gala
'The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin stands out for its fine playing and lustrous tone.'
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Musicalifeiten
'Kožená and the orchestra sing their way to the core of these songs.'
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SWR2
CD of the Week: 'The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester sparkles and glitters, twinkles and shines like a collection of precious stones.'
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Presto Classical
Editor's Choice: '...the balance and clarity [Ticciati] achieves throughout is something to marvel at...'
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The Times
4 Stars
'The album’s finale is good too: it’s Duparc’s orchestral morsel Aux étoiles, evanescent but twinkling...'
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Pizzicato
'A brilliant performance of Ravel’s second Daphnis & Chloé Suite...'
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Gramophone
'A profound sense of quiet allied to richness among the pizzicato basses marks the opening of Robin Ticciati’s vividly recorded La mer with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in 2017 as exceptional.'
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RBB Kulturradio
CD der Woche: 'Auf die zarte Schönheit von "Daphnis et Chloé" lässt er kräftige Paukenschläge folgen - wenn das Album mit den "Valses nobles et sentimales" ein zweites großes Werk von Maurice Ravel präsentiert.'
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BR Klassik
'Robin Ticciati has a fine ear for French impressionism…Magdalena Kožená is the ideal interpreter for the exquisite tones of Duparc.'
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BBC Music Magazine “Music to my Ears”
'Conductor Robin Ticciati's recording of Debussy's La mer and Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande is constantly on my CD player.'
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Scherzo
'Robin Ticciati manages to give Fauré the clarity, moderation, serenity and extreme subtlety that define his style...'
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SWR2
CD-Tipp: 'Robin Ticciati und das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin sprechen diese Sprache mit einer großen Natürlichkeit...'
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All Music
4 Stars
'This marks the first release with Robin Ticciati leading the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and it makes the requisite splash...a fine French program for all.'
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MusicWeb International
'La Mer...has both refinement, as shown by his meticulous observance of the many small details in the score, and also power.'
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HiFi & Records Magazine
'First and foremost, the album provides a welcome contribution to the repertoire.'
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Hi-Fi News
4½ Stars
Sound Quality: 85%: 'Debussy's six Verlaine settings...displays Kožená's fine musicianship...'
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Fono Forum
4½ Stars
'Ticciati presents [La Mer] as a kaleidoscope of magnificently sounding, meticulously visualized moments...'
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Politiken
5/6: 'It's simply outstanding. Robin Ticciati is one of his generation's top conductors.'
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The Arts Desk
‘I was won over within seconds…Ticciati’s La Mer is outstanding. The orchestral playing is superb…’
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Pizzicato
4 Stars
'With an interesting coupling and good performances, Robin Ticciati’s first recording with his Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin is attractive. Magdalena Kozena is a convincing performer in Brett Dean’s very good orchestration of Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées.'
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La Libre Belgique
'Robin Ticciati brings...a very personal balance between form and color.'
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Spiegel
'Robin Ticciati is astonishing with an abundant palette of colors, supple strings and a hypnotic flow that has everything you could desire in a Debussy interpretation.'
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RBB Kulturradio
4 Stars
CD-Tipp: 'Splendid glitzernde Farbfluten von deliziöser Feinheit, sogar eine ganze Sprinkleranlage klanglicher Differenzierung nimmt bei dieser CD für sich ein.'
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BR Klassik
CD-Tipp: 'Magdalena Kožená is the ideal interpreter for this charming song cycle...'
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Gramophone
'It suits Ticciati’s considered way with Debussy uncommonly well. Everything is beautifully balanced and clear. Shifts in colour and texture are carefully teased out...'
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'The Debussy songs have been orchestrated by Brett Dean, whose technicolor sonic imagination brings these elusive settings into vivid focus...The result is beguiling interpretations, performed with controlled intensity.'


Taz
'Ticciati...gives a clear picture of the individual lines, without losing sight of the immense power of the water.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: '...this quite outstanding album of Fauré and Debussy works certainly whets the appetite for future releases from Robin Ticciati with the DSO Berlin.'
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Crescendo
'Ce disque est une carte de visite qui montre l’ambition du jeune chef à renouveler le répertoire et la visibilité de son orchestre.'
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Klassiek Centraal
4 Stars
'A blissful recording to listen to in the long autumn evenings.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'Fauré’s Prelude to Penelope surges and sweeps, Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande suite has a rich, sombre beauty and La Mer sounds robust, brooding and vast.'
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Musiq’3 Radio ‘Le Moment Musical’
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CD Choice
'And the performances are as nonpareil as ever — as with this intriguing coupling. The rarity here is the orchestration by Brett Dean of Debussy’s songs Ariettes oubliées, sensitively sung by Magdalena Kozena and which in this new iteration add an intriguing new piece to the recorded repertoire of the French composer.'


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